Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Toledo

Research and Technology Complex 1
2600 Dorr Street, Suite 2100E
Toledo, OH 43606,
(419) 530-3708

Nikolas J. Podraza, Ph D  



Ph.D., Physics, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2008.
      Dissertation: “Real Time Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of the Growth and Phase Evolution of Thin Film Si1-xGex:H.”

      M.S., Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2004.
      Thesis: “Optical Properties and Structure of Chiral Sculptured Thin Films from Mueller Matrix Ellipsometry.”

      B.S., Physics, Minors, Mathematics and History, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2003.

Professional Experience

The University of Toledo, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2011–present.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, 2009–2011.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Associate, Materials Research Institute, 2008–2009.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Materials Research Institute, 2007-2008.
      The University of Toledo, Research Assistant, 2004-2007.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Assistant, 2003-2004.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Teaching Assistant, 2003.

Professional Activities and Organizations

      Journal Reviews
       Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Journal of Electronic Materials,
        Physica Status Solidi a and c, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Review of Scientific Instruments, Thin Solid Films.

      Professional Society Memberships
       Materials Research Society
       American Vacuum Society
       Phi Kappa Phi
       Who’s Who in America

      Conference Organization
       Sub-Area Chair, 37th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference